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The Music of Other Cultures

For Teachers 7th
Make your class musically and culturally literate. They'll listen to and discuss three types of music styles indicative of three different cultures. They'll identify characteristics and instruments used in western, traditional, and...
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Kotekan: A Cooperative Music Activity

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Young musicians explore the rhythms and sounds of Balinese gamelan music, then create their own. They listen to several examples of gamelan music, then use their instruments to mimic the rhythms they hear. After a warm up and practice,...
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Form in Gamelan Music: A Music Class Activity

For Teachers 4th - 12th
After a brief introduction to Balinese culture and Indonesian colotomic forms, the class composes an original piece. They study the tempo, melody, form and rhythm of Gamelan music and then apply those skills to an original Gamelan...
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The Letter G Song

For Students Pre-K - 1st Standards
Gary the ghost giggles when he gulps. Ah, the letter G. Show this silly and entertaining video to beginning readers learning the alphabet. The western music engages all who view it and you won't be able to help but stomp your feet and...
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A Musical Composition Experience

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Upper graders having skills in music performance will extend their abilities through creative musical composition. They'll use Finale 2000 to explore facets of music composition, they'll then compose a piece for their instrument in C, F,...
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Critical Listening: Music Vocabulary

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The school band or orchestra analyzes their own performance after exploring musical terminology. They listen to a classical piece and describe it using only words. They look up musical terminology and then use those words to compare and...
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Native American Music: Section 2

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Take a look into the many facets, purposes, and styles of Native American music. Each slide in this well-organized presentation provides clear introductory information on the forms and functions of American tribal music. Use it to...
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All Quiet on the Western Front: Quiz

For Students 8th - 9th
Ten online questions are provided in this quiz on the book, All Quiet on the Western Front. While the questions are good and intended to check reading comprehension this site has quite a few unrelated ads. 
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Classifying Western Music

For Teachers 7th
After brainstorming a list of characteristics of Western orchestral instruments, learners explore those made in Africa. They discuss how the diverse African geography has influenced how musical instruments are constructed and used. This...
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Trey and Dave go to Africa: Music

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Trey from Phish and Dave from the Dave Mathews Band took a trip to Africa to explore music, culture, and history. Your class watches this episode from VH1's Music Studio to understand how African culture and music have influenced modern...
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Why We Love Repetition in Music

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Why does music rely so heavily on repetition? This is an interesting video from which to explore not only the psychological answers to this question, but also the ways in which humans perceive and rate different types of music.
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All Quiet On The Western Front

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars create a poem on the subject of war. For this All Quiet on the Western Front lesson, students create poetry using phrases or lines that they brainstorm during a pre-writing session. Young scholars enhance their poetry with...
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African Music

For Students 6th - 10th
In this African music worksheet, learners read about how family life, community music, and rhythms are part of the culture and music of Africa.
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Western Europe

For Students 6th - 8th
In this geography worksheet, middle schoolers find the missing word or phrase that best completes each of the 21 sentences pertaining to Western Europe.
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Country Music Mourns A Legend's Passing

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students investigate the history of country music. They explore various websites, identify the different types of country music, read about members of the Country Music Hall of Fame on their official website, and answer discussion...
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The Parts of Indian Music

For Students 7th
In this Indian music worksheet, 7th graders examine a graphic organizer that displays the three parts of the music. They read about the Tala, Raga, and Drone before answering 5 short answer questions based on the reading.
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Pitched Instruments of African Music

For Students 5th - 12th
In this African music instructional activity, students read about the kora and the xylophone which are types of pitched instruments. A glossary is included in the 2 page article.
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Culture of Sound: Traditional Korean Music

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Explore Korean music by listening to the sounds of Korean instruments.  Students will listen to two Korean songs and identify the instruments they hear, as well as the type of instruments they are (woodwind, string, or brass). They then...
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Mariachi Mania

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders examine mariachi music and its different musical forms.  In this music history lesson plan, 9th graders compare and contrast mariachi music from its beginnings to the present.  Students research different aspects of the...
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Africa: Small Sounds From a Big Country

For Teachers 8th
Students explore the music from Burundi, Zimbabwe, and Pygmy cultures. They listen to and discuss music from the African cultures, analyze the musical elements, write a song, and perform music.
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Arts and Culture: Music to Identify Rituals

For Teachers 6th
Rituals can be found throughout the daily lives of people from every culture. Learners consider the use of music in ceremony and ritual, its symbolism, and characteristics. They discuss several rituals common to Western, African, and...
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Critical Process: Music Works

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders analyze music compositions and performances. In this music criticism lesson, 7th graders study music compositions and performances. Students listen and analyze various pieces of music. Students then compose their own...
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Hank Williams: Still Singing After All These Years

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research the life and music of Hank Williams. They take a quiz on country music, watch a video about Hank Williams, research Williams' song lyrics, create a poster and write a bio poem about his life and work.
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African Music

For Students 6th - 9th
In this music worksheet, students read an excerpt about African Music. Once completed, they respond to eight short answer questions related to the reading. Students also imagine that they are an African musician and suggest how they...